ERIC Number: ED181263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Work Concepts in the Schools: A Survey of Educators' Opinions About Work.
Peterson, Robert M.
Over 400 teachers, administrators, and counselors in Colorado were surveyed to ascertain their personal judgements about the quality of working life and related factors. The 87-item questionnaire focused on the following main subject groupings: (1) the nature and meaning of work; (2) job satisfaction; (3) worker organizations; (4) job success; (5) career choice; and (6) the role of schools. Ordered sequencing of response options for the range of agreement/disagreement were arranged. Views expressed by educators generally supported traditional concepts of work and tended to discredit claims of widespread erosion in the quality of jobs or the significance of paid employment in workers' lives. High priority was placed on the following school functions: developing values, attitudes, and habits generally useful in getting and succeeding in employment; preparing students with realistic expectations of what they face in the working world; and developing competency in reading, writing, and computation. Some reservations were expressed about the centrality of jobs in one's life interest, about causes of worker dissatisfaction, e.g., pay inequities, poor job design, and lack of worker control, about the belief that hard work builds character, and about "knowing the right people" in order to succeed. (CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
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